The following is a press statement from the U.S. State Department wishing Pope Benedict a happy anniversary:
On behalf of …the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on the seventh anniversary of his election. Pope Benedict has worked tirelessly to unite people of different beliefs through a shared faith in humanity and peace.
For the past twenty-eight years, the United States and the Holy See have worked together to promote peace, fight hunger, alleviate poverty, and curb the flow of trafficking in persons. On this anniversary, we reflect on all that we have accomplished, and recommit ourselves to the work that remains. Congratulations and best wishes as you continue a historic tradition of tolerance and global understanding.
On this occasion I am reminded of the Pope’s visit to the United States in April of 2008, when he spent both his birthday and anniversary of his Papal election here in America. I had the grace of seeing him up close and hearing his address at St. Joseph’s Seminary in New York, on April 19, the 3rd anniversary of his election. Here is a link to his address to the youth at the seminary.
Though there were thousands of young people, seminarians, religious, and priests gathered at that event, I felt the Pope speaking to me personally on that day. It was as if my Grandfather were talking to me, heart to heart. That’s a memory I will always cherish!
Thank you Holy Father!
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